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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Play with your cat

Our dear cat, Annie, is a little over-weight. When she first arrived with her three two-day-old kittens from our local animal shelter back in 2011, she was emaciated and ill. Once we had her diagnosed with a bacteria that needed anti-biotics she began to eat better and gain weight. Unfortunately, because she was deprived of food in her previous home, she eats any time the opportunity presents itself. Saying that, she will steal the other cat's food and gorge if not stopped. Since Joe and Rae-Rae moved in six months ago I have been feeding them upstairs so that Annie cannot get into their food. Needlesstosay, I am sometimes busy and did not notice her sneaking her way into their dining area and helping herself.  So, now she has to move more and curb that appetite just a bit.

We have play-time, which she thoroughly enjoys, every day. Her favorite toy is the wand that has pom-poms and feathers attached. Yes, I imagine if she was an out-door cat she would quickly become a hunter of birds. But she is happy to be an in-door cat so it is up to us to help her to slim down with extra play.




Having a scheduled play-time is a wonderful way to bond with your cat. They love nothing better than to have you all to themselves.


Stay toasty,
Deb

14 comments:

  1. I always give my kids those feathery things from the $ store....for their cats....
    All 8 of them.....cats....not kids!
    Made a cat nest.....quite cute!
    Enjoy your evening...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  2. Annie, you are norty !
    And ...tee...heh ...Me too !
    Good luck with your diet , and for myself too ;)

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  3. Lizzie is very into Chase these days. Unfortunately, we haven't mastered fetch, so I suppose we both get exercise! I love Annie! Finally got my LIzzie post up! Any suggestions?

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  4. Annie, I need to play a bit more myself! :)

    hugs,
    Linda

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  5. My Annie was over weight also. She was at the cat shelter for more than 4 months with limited space to move and play. Well, does she love to play!! We spend an hour twice a day with the feathered wand with mouse attached. She loves that thing. Today she ate through the string that it is attached to so now will venture out to buy a new one. She also has a voracious appetite!! But has slimmed down quite a bit and is healthy. She has taken over the entire house and has her favorite spots for snoozing......mainly, my bed...

    Stay safe and warm........hugs...

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  6. Hi Deb, I agree with you; cats love to play and if can you give them of your time, even better. Ginger is over 13 years old (not sure as we rescued him in Kenya in 2011 and people remember him from pre-2004 days) and he loves playing with our home-made reed feather toy. This makes Shadow sit up and try to bat it too. Have a great day with your babies. Jo

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  7. I can always tell when Truffle needs some play because she tends to get rough with Brulee

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  8. My little female also gorges on food, then turns over so I can see how fat her tummy is!

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  9. They never get over having been starving, do they. Dear Peach looks the picture of health and contentment. That little extra bit of food may help her feel secure. With all of the lovely wildlife at the new house we're sure her activity level will soar!

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  10. Annie looks so sweet. I think Smokey was deprived of food too. He gobbles his food down like he's afraid someone might take it. When he first wandered up he ate like he was starving. Poor babies.

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